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Volleyball Holds Off Trine in Five-Set Thriller

Tuesday, October 07, 2008

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By Chaz Amidon

Ranked No. 17 in the nation, the women’s volleyball team won its second consecutive MIAA match-up Tuesday, prevailing in an electrifying five-game bout over the visiting Trine Thunder (16-25, 25-16, 24-26, 25-15, 15-6).

After dropping its previous five-game thriller against Adrian on Sept. 27, the Knights bounced back from a first-set loss and rallied for wins in the fourth and fifth sets to stun coach Kevin Schaefer’s new-look Thunder program.

“We’ve seen this up-and-down (play),” said Calvin coach Amber Warners. “We had the same kind of start against Albion (Oct. 1)…our job as a coaching staff is to get our players to play more consistently.”

Calvin’s “rollercoaster” conference season, as Warners terms it, began with three straight wins over Kalamazoo, Trine and Alma. The Knights faltered in their home opener against Hope on Sept. 19 and, amid claiming three league victories over Saint Mary’s, Olivet and Albion, withered in their final triangular match against Adrian.

“It’s not about the wins or losses, or who we play, or who’s next,” said Warners. “It’s something we have to take care of on our side. We have to come out much more confident and aggressive to start a game than we have been, and that’s something a young team has to work through.”

On Tuesday, the Knights were led by the always-stellar play of freshman Rebecca Kamp, who opened sets 1 through 4 with either a kill or a block to set the tone offensively for Calvin.

Kamp is currently the D-III national leader in kills-per-set (5.06), accumulating 15 against the Thunder.

“She’s our go-to person,” said Warners. “She has some amazing athletic ability and she’s a great person to coach.”

Freshman Erin VanderPlas added nine kills for the Knights, while junior Sarah Kramer chipped in seven and senior Jessica Garlick racked up six.

Senior Lauren De Groot, who was awarded the MIAA Specialty Player of the Week for the fifth time in her collegiate career on Monday, dished out 39 assists.

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